SHAHNAMEH: The Epic of the Persian Kings

Saturday , April 20, 2013. 5 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Event is free and open to the public.

SHAHNAMEH: The Epic of the Persian Kings // Book Release and Signing

A new illustrated edition of the classic work written over one thousand years ago by Ferdowsi, is the longest poem ever written by a single human being.
This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations.

Dr. Ahmad Sadri and Hamid Rahmanian will speak about and demonstrate the process of their new creation.

Dr. Ahmad Sadri: Translation and Adaptation
Ahmad Sadri is professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals published by Oxford University Press and selected as the 1993 academic book of the year by Choice, the publication of American Library Association. He has written two books in Persian, Reviving the Concept of Civilizations and An Apocalypse Soon, and his published translations include Saddam City (from Arabic) and Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam (from Persian). He lives in Gurnee, Illinois.

Hamid Rahmanian: Illustrator, Designer
Hamid Rahmanian is an award-winning filmmaker and graphic artist whose work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. His narrative and documentary films have premiered at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and IDFA film festivals. He has won numerous international awards and his works have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information visit:

“Shahnameh for the digital age.” — Sheila Canby, Metropolitan Museum of Art
“A magnificent book both conceptually and technically… Extraordinary combinations of diverse styles from across the centuries.” — Charles Melville, University of Cambridge


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